Chicago Blues Festival

Performance review: 2014 Chicago Blues Festival

Jul 10, 2014
Photo courtesy of Ben Payton

The 31st Annual Chicago Blues Fest, this year sub-titled “Blues by the Lake”, was the weekend of June 13-15 in Grant Park. The panoramic  views from this Lakefront park are extraordinary—Lake Michigan, Buckingham Fountain, and the magnificent Chicago Skyline to the north and west.

The Chicago Blues Festival on a Budget

Feb 4, 2014

You want grit and bravado as your background for blues music, so check out the Chicago Blues Festival, an annual free 3-day music presentation in downtown’s Grant Park held the first full weekend of June. This is a great site for visitors: you’ve got the lakefront to the East, the Loop to the immediate West, and the beautiful city skyline to the North. And to the immediate South, the museums and the end or beginning of the Illinois Central, the rail line that brought the emigrating blues man from the rural States of the South to the industrial North for increased opportunity, equality, and freedom. This is the center of contemporary Blues music.